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What Grandparents Give to Healthy Relationships with Grandkids

a special feature from Kay Ziplow and Leslie Zinberg, founders of grandparentslink

Grandparenting- it’s an adrenaline shot of extra energy that is restorative, an option to bring out the youthfulness in your life. Most importantly, being a grandparent gives us purpose. Protect yourself against depression, boost your brain function (you’ve got to be on your toes!), and make sure to take care of your body so that you will get to enjoy the love from your grandchildren for many years to come!

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Etiquette 101 this Holiday Season

a few tips and reminders can only be helpful!

Ah, the winter holiday season, time for ugly-sweater wearing, high calorie intakes (!!), party hosting, and fumbling for the proper greeting. We do love this time of year, even when holiday etiquette can get confusing. As we juggle the influx of invites, family reunions, festivities, cultural traditions, and gifting decisions, we often must stop and think, “am I doing this right?” Whichever way you spread holiday cheer, we figure a good goal would be to master these must-know, expert-recommended etiquette standards that you can share with the entire family (subtly) this holiday season!*

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Be the Best Babysitting Grandparent Ever!

Who doesn’t absolutely adore those precious moments as grandparents where we are passed the baton from our children to spend time with our grandchildren one on one?! However, sometimes we don’t think of every little detail that might make those parents feel more comfortable leaving their little ones. In finding the perfect balance between delighting our grandchildren and pleasing their parents, we are put to the challenge. Here are 5 tips to be the best babysitting grandparent… EVER!

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Do You Step Outside Your Box?

a special feature from Kay & Leslie, founders grandparentslink.com

Let’s face it- as we have aged, our brains function as a task automaton- meaning that we keep ourselves in the comfort zone of what we know best. We tend to find security and well-being in the routines we have set forth, which we manage accordingly. In doing so, we are truly fulfilled when we experience what we sense is most comfortable or predictable. It’s not that we become boring as we age- rather experience gives us boundaries and parameters in which to operate our daily lives and relationships. There’s nothing wrong in operating in your own comfort zone; it is truly a path of least resistance.

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Connecting with Teenage Grandchildren

When your grandchildren were toddlers, they lit up your world, and when they were kids, they wanted to spend hours and hours at your house with you.  Now that they’ve grown up into teenagers it can be tougher to connect. While teens can be a little harder to converse with, often preferring their peers to their elders, it’s not impossible. You just have to find some one-on-one time and a little common ground.

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8 Things that Concern Us About Kids These Days

a special feature from Kay & Leslie, founders

The saying that’s been passed down from grandparents’ generation to generation, “Oh, those kids these days…,” has taken on a different meaning in the most recent years. We are well aware that technological advances have created a new palate of communication skills that could be considered cold, distant, non-personal and far removed from human eye-to-eye contact. While our children have many obstacles to face just like every generation before them, our worries for future generations have taken on a different nature.

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Best Kids’ Sites We Love!

We all know that kids (and adults!) are addicted to screen time. What’s important is for us to provide our grandchildren with online platforms that are appropriate for them.

With parental supervision and guidance, you can keep your kids safe online. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no screen time at all for children under two, and one to two hours a day for those older. So, which sites should kids visit during their allotted time? Young ones will undoubtedly race to seek out their pals from that other screen—the television—or get right to gaming. Their choices might make you cringe. We’ve found eight sites where kids can catch up with favorite characters, play a few games, and expand their horizons.

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Have You Been Good to Yourself?

It’s the summer season filled with an abundance of sunshine and fresh air, so we ask, what makes this time of the year extra special for you? After all, we have collectively lost so much time traversing and dealing with the continuing pandemic in our lives.  Now more than ever, it’s important to take charge and do something you haven’t been able to access or enjoy for yourself.   Doing something to fulfill your needs is as important as knowing there is a sun-up and sundown every day of our lives. Take a moment and do something for you- yes, YOU!

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8 Ways to Really Show You are “Grand”

Muses of being a grandparent and what you can do often calls for some deliberate thinking!
Being a knock-your-socks-off grandma or grandpa is fun, sure – but it also takes time and effort. Here’s some tips we’ve caught along the way to help you show off exactly how grand you are!*

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Grandparenting: Renew, Relive, Rejoice

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Get up close and personal with Leslie & Kay, founders of Grandparentslink.com, in this live radio interview with #Grand radio.
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